February 23 2009

Catalina State Park, Tucson, AZ


Catalina State Park is located north of Tucson in the Oro Valley. This park is very popular in the winter, especially January – March. It fills fast, but the staff are very accomodating and work with you to get you in. We had to spend one night without hokups, but were moved into a W/E site early the next morning. My daughter and son-in-law were joining us later in the day and we expected the park to be full, so the host put us in a large pull-thru that would hold 2 trailers.  We had no problem getting bot TT in the space, had to part one tow vehicle by the showers, but it all worked out fine.

Catalina State Park sits at the base of the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains. The park is a haven for desert plants and wildlife and nearly 5,000 saguaros. The 5,500 acres of foothills, canyons and streams invites camping, picnicking and bird watching — more than 150 species of birds call the park home. The park provides miles of equestrian, birding, hiking, and biking trails which wind through the park and into the Coronado National Forest at elevations near 3,000 feet. The park is located within minutes of the Tucson metropolitan area.

Park facilities include a campground, picnic tables, grills, trails, an equestrian center, a group use area for day or overnight use (available by reservation), restrooms, showers, and a gift shop. All restroom and shower facilities are accessible. The park also offers an equestrian center which provides a staging area for trail riders with ample trailer parking.

This scenic desert park also offers equestrian trails and an equestrian center provides a staging area for trail riders with plenty of trailer parking. Bring along your curiosity and your sense of adventure as you take in the beautiful mountain backdrop, desert wildflowers, cacti and wildlife that call this area home.

As of 2014 is available for reservations via the Arizona State Lark system

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Posted February 23, 2009 by Tom Martin in category "Camping and RV", "Camping in the SouthWest

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